A Hastings police officer has retired after 15 years of service to the town.
Nick Marriott has worked all over Hastings for many different departments but has been the town centre bobby for the past three years.
Friends and family threw a retirement party at Jempson’s to celebrate his service and Nick said he was touched by everyone’s kind words.
“It’s nice that there are nice people about and can say nice things,” he said.
“It was really nice to get a bit of recognition and they appreciate what I have done.”
Nick has been in Hastings for some of the best and worst episodes in past 20 years, including the pier burning down.
But he does not want to remember the town for its bad parts, only the happy memories.
“I don’t want to remember Hastings in a bad way,” he said.
“Hastings is no better or worse. There have been lots of changes, I don’t agreed with everything.
“I’ve seen the pier burning down and reconstructed, the town centre’s improved and looks better which is extremely important as a police officer because if things look good they generally are.”
He said one of his favourite memories was breaking the world record for the most pirates in one place on Pirate Day in 2012.
“It was absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“The amount of effort that goes into sorting it out and dealing with making it a joy to be there.
“I remember breaking the world record which is a fantastic memory.
“The best part for me was meeting people in the town, not just residents but tourists and students that I have met.
“You’re almost a tourist attraction at times as a police office as they are few and far between.”
Nick has not just been a police officer.
He spent 32 years in the Cold Stream Guards and served all over the world including Northern Ireland, Canada and Kosovo.
But now he plans to moving back to Leicestershire where his family are but he said Hastings will always have a ‘soft spot’ in his heart.
“Hastings will always have a soft spot for me. I’ve lived here for 20 years and you can never get rid of those memories,” he said.
“Thank you to the people of Hastings, there are too many to mention, but I’ve really enjoyed my time and I look forward to seeing you all in the future.”
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